The Nationwide Gallery of Eire has introduced that Caroline Campbell will likely be its subsequent director. The Belfast–born Campbell would be the first lady to helm the Dublin establishment since its founding in 1864. Since 2018 the chief of collections and analysis on the Nationwide Gallery in London, the place she can be curator of Italian work earlier than 1500, Campbell will in November take the reins from Sean Rainbird, who has led the Nationwide Gallery of Eire for the previous decade.
“We’re thrilled to have an individual of Caroline’s caliber be part of the Gallery crew and look ahead to welcoming her later this 12 months,” mentioned Nationwide Gallery board chair Mary Keane. “Caroline’s spectacular expertise, data, and keenness will encourage each the Gallery crew and our guests, and we eagerly anticipate seeing her imaginative and prescient for the Gallery delivered to life within the coming years.”
Earlier than arriving at London’s Nationwide Gallery, Campbell from 2005 to 2012 served as curator of work on the Courtauld Gallery, additionally in London. Previous to taking on that function, she labored on the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Campbell is a graduate of the College of Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Artwork, and is an knowledgeable in Italian portray, particularly that of the Medieval and Renaissance intervals. Among the many exhibitions she has curated, are “Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence” (2009) on the Courtauld and “Constructing the Image: Structure in Italian Renaissance Portray” (2014), “Duccio/Caro: In Dialogue”(2015), and “Mantegna and Bellini” (2018), all at London’s Nationwide Gallery.
Campbell credited a teenage go to to the Nationwide Gallery of Eire with sparking her curiosity in turning into a curator. “For years, I carried across the postcards we purchased that day,” she instructed the BBC. “I caught them with Blu-Tack to my bed room wall.”